Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel, has appealed to constituents of Meru County to embrace peace and unity ahead of August 8 general election.
Speaking on Wednesday during a prayer service in Meru, organised by Full Gospel Church of Kenya, Mrs Ruto observed political differences between Meru Governor, Peter Munya, and the County Senator, Kiraitu Murungi, is dividing the people of Meru into clans and risks plunging parts of the county into violence.
Munya and Kiraitu will face off in the race for Meru Governor on August 8 on a Party of National Unity (PNU) and Jubilee tickets respectively.
“What I want to encourage the people of Meru County is to stay united. The Bible says a house that is divided against itself, cannot stand. Meru County constituents, let us embrace the spirit of brotherhood. Let us stay united. We’ve been watching, on television, news items from Meru County, which show a lot of things happening in Meru County. But I’d love to tell you, the people of Meru County, that division is not your portion.
“There are challenges facing people from other regions in the country, with a major challenge being tribalism; for instance, in Rift Valley. What I know, Meru County has never been affected by tribalism, and I urge you not to start what God does not want you to start. Love each other. Interact as sisters and brothers would. Don’t divide yourselves into clans. Stay as the people of God that are called the Meru people.
“Let us be our brothers’ keeper. As we approach the general election, let us be peaceful. Let no Kenyan lose his or her life because of elections. These politicians look like they are at war in public, but the truth is they love each other.”